Tel Shaddud is located on the northern margins of the Jezreel Valley, some 10 km north-east of Tel Megiddo and 33 km north-west of Tel Rehov. The site is identified with the Canaanite town śrt, mentioned in the topographical lists of Thutmoses III, and with biblical Sarid, a town in the territory of the tribe of Zebulun (Joshua 19:10–15), which is also mentioned in the Song of Deborah (Judges 5: 13).

This is the beginning of a new and exciting project, directed by Dr. Omer Sergi (Tel Aviv University), Dr. Karen Covello-Paran (Israel Antiquities Authority), Prof. Hannes Bezzel (Friedrich-Schiler University, Jena) and Prof. Joachim Krause (Ruhr University Bochum), in which we will delve into the ancient history of the Jezreel Valley in order to understand its social structure and rural hinterland over a long period of time, to clarify the Egyptian rule over the region and to gain some new insights into the origins and formation of early monarchic Israel in this valley.

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